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Match Report – St Leonards Social II (League)

Saturday 12th October 2019

Match Report – St Leonards Social II (League) Saturday 12th October 2019

East Sussex Football League
Division 2

South Coast Athletico 3-2 St Leonards Social II

Saturday 12th October 2019
Bexhill College

Chopbacks leave it late to take all 3 points

Wet and windy was the weather of the day as St Leonard social 2nd team arrived to take on South Coast.

Looking for a 1st win in 3 league games the Chopbacks found themselves behind early on after poor communication at the back allowed Social to take advantage and get themselves in front.

From the 5th minute onwards the Chopbacks were in the ascendancy and drew numerous reactive saves from the social goalkeeper.

On a different day South Coast could easily have been 3 or 4 ahead.

One thing the Chopbacks didn’t fail on was their tackling, as in every game Coast were throwing everything into the tackle.

Full backs Charley Adams and Connor Smith aggressively shutting down any potential movement down the wings Social struggled to make much progress through the middle.

The Chopbacks welcoming the return of Byron Nichol who brought a level of calmness both on and off the ball.

It wasn’t until the 42nd minute that Coast got rewards for their efforts as Dayle McGurk tumbled in the box winning the penalty.

Connor Easton stepped up, sending the keeper the wrong way as he levelled the score.

Just before the half time whistle the game took a sour turn as a Social player was seen spitting at Chopback midfielder Syd Moffat-Bailey bringing outrage from the South Coast bench.

Second half began with South Coast immediately taking the lead through a Byron Nichol strike, showing what he brings to the team on match day.

The Chopbacks pushed forward to try and finish the game off carving out chances but unable to finish anything off.

Lewis Crowther came off the bench for his debut just before Social grabbed themselves an equaliser.

With the clock ticking down the Chopbacks pressed onwards forcing corner after corner only to be denied by the St Leonard Social keeper time and again.

With only minutes left on the clock Dan Aldous finally broke through and South Coast took the lead for the final time.

Social simply didn’t have enough time left to grab a third.

Seconds before the final whistle, Lewis Crowther was given his marching orders by the ref to cap a debut to forget for the new signing.

Coast travel to Bexhill Rovers in the league next Saturday and they’ll look to match the cup result from last time the two teams faced each other.

Man of the Match
Syd Moffat-Bailey

Connor Easton (42)
Byron Nichol (47)
Dan Aldous (87)


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